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June 5, 1972

Helping to Meet the Health Care Needs of the NationThe Potential Role of the Veterans Administration's Health Care System

JAMA. 1972;220(10):1334-1337. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200100048010

At no time in modern history has there been a greater need for expanding and coordinating the existing elements of the health care system in America. The demands on this system have been created by a number of factors which can be expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Among these factors are the following:

  • Greater public expectations and demands for improved quality of care as a result of the new knowledge and technical advances made possible by biomedical and social research in disease, health, and medical care.

  • The desire for maximum application to all the people of that knowledge for the maintenance of health, the prevention of disease, and the treatment of illness at reasonable cost.

  • Greater expectations for increased and more equitable availability of quality health care to all segments of the population.

  • Extension of existing voluntary and legislated prepayment plans and